The trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated Netflix documentary series was released Thursday — as critics ripped the sneak peek off as a “victim festival.”
A one-minute teaser for “Harry & Meghan.” The Netflix Global Event, which premieres December 8th, offers a glimpse into the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their seismic split from the royal family in 2020.
Set to a slow but dramatic piano soundtrack, the promo opens with an intimate and never-before-seen photo montage showcasing the couple’s private life.
One photo shows Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, happily dancing at their wedding reception in May 2018.
Another shows the silhouette of a pregnant Duchess Meghan enjoying a day at the beach.
A voice then interrupts the musical montage to ask the couple why they want to make a series.
“Nobody sees what’s behind closed doors,” Harry replies.
“I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”
The music builds as the trailer darkens. The clip shows Meghan wiping away tears and Harry dramatically throwing his head back.
“When the stakes are this high,” Meghan says. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”
The highly publicized trailer quickly drew a lively response. Many accused the rogue royals of being “shameless.”
“Just in time for Harry and Meghan to drop the trailer for the Festival of the Victims on Netflix.” Presenter Dan Wootton tweeted.
“Shameless. Meghan has already destroyed Markle.
TalkTV host Julia Hartley-Brewer also attended. Describing the pair and production as “Victims Extraordinaire” Along with the eye roll emoji.
Margaret Thatcher’s former aide, Nile Gardiner, said, “If the Academy Awards were to be awarded for arrogance, vanity and narcissism, Meghan and Harry would be the frontrunners.
Fox Nation broadcaster and New York Post columnist Piers Morgan was also quick to denounce Sussex’s professed mission.
“Imagine a reality series where you whine about your privacy and then kiss and talk about your private life?” Morgan tweetedkeeping Harry and Meghan’s notoriously press-shy behavior under wraps during their brief royal duties.
Morgan also blamed Sussex for dropping the trailer on the second day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to Boston.
“Now imagine preaching compassion when you ruin a family again?”
“Now imagine ruining my brother’s big trip to America by deliberately revealing the first trailer. Abominable hypocrite.”
Podcast host Jon Sopel We also pondered the timing of the release.
‘The Prince and Princess of Wales must be delighted that the release of this trail coincides with their trip to the United States. [sic] It was a deliberate attempt to stage them…” he wrote.
Others struggled with the tell-all approach.
“H&M needs a new mantra other than ‘we want to tell our story’. They’ve done it many times!” Business tweets from fashion editor Diane Pearl.
“They should look ahead and give [people] It’s a reason to care and care for them beyond their past and royal ties,” Pearl continued.
“It’s the only way they can move forward and be successful.”
However, some viewers had a more sympathetic view of the couple’s efforts.
“Imagine being right that the royal staff is racist and no one believed you.” 1 Twitter user replied To Morgan, referring to this week’s scandal that forced a senior royal aide to resign.
Lady Susan Hussey, 83, resigned Wednesday after making “unacceptable and deeply deplorable comments” to black domestic violence activists during an event at Buckingham Palace.
Hussey, who is also Prince William’s godmother, has been a member of the royal family since 1960.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world in January 2020 when they announced they were stepping down from senior royal duties and moving to Montecito, California.
Initially citing the pressure of heavy media scrutiny as the reason, he later revealed in an interview with Oprah that the royal family was racist and that an unnamed “senior royal” was responsible for his then-unborn son’s skin. Claimed to be racist until speculating about color. Archie.
In addition to Oprah’s chat, Meghan recently gave a scathing cover story on “The Cut” this fall.
Harry also has a memoir of all things titled “Spare” that hits shelves on January 10th.
The couple have two children — 3-year-old Archie and 1-year-old Lilibet.